Partners

The Project involves 10 partners, a large industry as coordinator, 3 public research organization and 5 SMEs

P&G

PGUK – Procter & Gamble Technical Centres Limited (United Kingdom)

Procter & Gamble’s Newcastle Innovation Centre (NIC) employs about 320 people, most of whom have graduate and/or postgraduate qualifications as scientists or engineers. The site plays a role in developing new technologies, new products and providing current business support for upgrading existing products. It is intimately connected with the other European Technical Centres and its core expertise is in new technologies, Connect & Develop (with suppliers, Universities, Research Institutes and SMEs), Processing and development of laundry and automatic dishwashing products. Specifically all the global enzyme development for Procter & Gamble and much of the work on biopolymer development and surface modification for Household Care is lead out of NIC. The organization has deep expertise in these areas and a strong global network of partners in both the biotech & chemical fields. NIC has a strong track record in new bio-polymer(both enzymes and non-catalytic biopolymers) innovation and subsequently bringing such inventions to the market. The NIC Materials Section and Platform Group focuses on understanding how materials interact with various surfaces and discovering new mechanisms and materials to control surface interaction.
Role in BIO-MIMETIC: PGUK and its affiliate P&G IT will participate as project Coordinator and technical leader and will be mainly involved in project management & coordination, dissemination & exploitation, and evaluation of Bio-Mimetic technologies across range of product applications relevant to Procter & Gamble company business interest.
P&G Services

P&G BIC – Procter & Gamble Services Company N.V.(Belgium)

Procter & Gamble’s Brussels Innovation Centre (BIC) Brussels is a recognized leader in the development, distribution and marketing of superior Fabric & Home Care products, employing over 8,000 research scientists worldwide (from which 1.250 are PhD’s). The R&D organization in P&G BIC employs ca. 600 people. Through P&G BIC‘s experience in the development of new technologies in various areas from scratch to large-scale production up to market introduction, P&G BIC fosters the proper industrial environment for high-class training in an integrated scientific, business and industrial environment. Environmental sustainability assessment on Procter & Gamble products, using LCA and related tools such as water and carbon footprinting, is led from the Environmental Stewardship Organization (ESO) located in the Procter & Gamble Brussels Innovation Center (P&G BIC).
Role in BIO-MIMETIC: P&G BIC will be involved in the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Environmental and human impact related to the overall value chain.
Fraunhofer IFAM

IFAM-Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (Germany)

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is a recognized non-profit research organization founded in 1949 which undertakesapplied research that drives economic development and serves the wider benefit of society. At present, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft maintains more than 80 research units in Germany, including 60 Fraunhofer Institutes. The majority of the more than 18,000 staff are qualified scientists and engineers. In the BIO-MIMETIC project, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will be represented by the department ―Adhesive Bonding Technology and Surfaces‖of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) located in Bremen. With 200 employees, the department performs R&D on multifunctional coatings, polymer chemistry, nanoparticle applications, plasma and lacquer technology as well as on adhesive bonding and surface analytics with the goal to develop application-oriented bonding system solutions for the industry. IFAM cooperates with a host of industries including automotive, aviation, rail transport, shipping, the machine and plant construction sector, the electronics industries, and the medical engineering industry. Regarding the modification of surfaces, the expertise of IFAM extends from fundamental research on adhesion mechanisms to technically relevant formulations of adhesive systems with tailor made properties.
Role in BIO-MIMETIC: IFAM will analyse the interactions of pseudo-peptides and their derivatives with the target surfaces by means of molecular simulations combined with experimental studies. IFAM will contribute by providing insights into the relevant adhesion mechanisms and help to interpret experimental data such as NMR spectra using molecular simulations. IFAM‘s goal is to identify the detailed molecular mechanismsof the interactions and to predict formulations designed for selective interactions with the target surfaces.
Università Tor Vergata

UNITOV – Tor Vergata University (Italy)

The University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’ is, one of the three state-run universities in Rome. It was founded 1982, and is located in the quarter called ‘Tor Vergata’ in the south east of Rome. Currently ca. 39000 students are immatriculated, and ca. 1800 people are employed as extended faculty. Research is pursued in six faculties comprised of 19 departments: Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, and Faculty of Sciences. Its current president is Renato Lauro, professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. The Department of Chemical Sciences and Technology of the University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’ (www.stc.uniroma2.it) has expertises in biocatalystic and chemical oxidative functionalization of lignin, and related forest-biomass derived polyphenolic substances, e.g. tannins. Supported catalysts for the activation of oxygen and hydrogen peroxide to the selective oxidation and functionalization of lignins and lignin model compounds were developed. More recent work comprises: the development of polyelectrolyte nanocapsules for enzyme immobilization; the development and constant improvement of advanced heteronuclear NMR analyses techniques for the structural characterization of lignins and polyphenols; chromatography-based characterisation and fractionation of lignin samples; oxidative catalysis in the oxidation of natural substances such as unsaturated monoterpenes, cardanols, nucleosides, and lignans; chemical and biotechnological functionalistion of lignin oligomers.
Role in BIO-MIMETIC: Role in BIO-MIMETIC: UNITOV will be involved in characterisation of  the biomass, developing protocols for enzymatic modification of the biomass. Moreover UNITOV will conduct studies of bio-conjugation with amine containing polymers. http://claudiacrestini.weebly.com/
MAVI-SUD

MAVI – MAVI SUD s.r.l. (Italy)

MAVI was founded in 1987 and is an Italian SME producing cosmetics and nutraceuticals formulated from its own R&D laboratories. All the products are distributed in Pharmacies and Beauty Centers by medical prescription. All the lines are characterized from innovative active ingredients and vehicles based on Chitin Nanofibrilis (CN) (MAVI worldwide patent), capable to complex many active ingredients increasing also their penetration throughout the skin layers. By the use of CN it is possible to obtain different kind of new block polymers (BP) contemporary complexing into the block many active ingredients as, vitamins, sunscreens, antioxidant and immunomodulant compounds etc. the BP may be mechanically transformed in micro or nanoballs to be inserted into emulsions or cosmetic gels and textile-fibers. For the production and use of this natural sugar-like compound, obtained from the biomass chitin, MAVI has obtained the Best Innovator Award, the participation to the Exclusive Club of Best Innovators and has been classified innovative Company among all the Confindustria (Italian Industry Association) Manufacturers. The active participation of MAVI in several national and international congresses allowed MAVI to become a leading Italian SME in its field and to be well known internationally.
Role in BIO-MIMETIC: MAVI will be involved in design development and evaluating complexes made up with the new developed polymer and CN. This new complex will be chemically characterized and evaluated for its safeness at level of the skin by in vitro methodologies. About bio-textiles, MAVI will i) define and control CN complexes  and ii) evaluate, in vitro, stability, safety & efficacy of the fibres vs. UV rays and human skin. MAVI Sud is able to control the productive process and to study the possibilities CN has to links other active molecules, as i.e. lutein (anti-aging agent) for emulsions and nanosilver (bactericidal compound) for bio-textiles.
Dyadic-Netherland

DNL – Dyadic Netherlands (Netherlands)

DNL (NL) is a (white) biotechnology SME that develops and commercializes fungal micro-organisms and processes for the production of enzymes to be applied by a wide range of industries in the textile, pulp & paper, bioethanol, bio-refineries, animal feed and food sector. DNL scientists and partners have developed and patented strains of the fungal micro-organism Chrysosporium lucknowense (C1) to rapidly discover and express both homologous and heterologous genes; and to manufacture novel enzymes encoded by those genes, using C1 as the host organism from beginning to end. Industrial strains of C1 have been developed (improved protein/biomass ratio, low protease background) and the full genome of C1 has been sequenced (proprietary data), which revealed many genes encoding enzymes of putative industrial interest including oxidative enzymes such as laccases, peroxidases and polyphenol oxidases that are of interest in the BIO-MIMETIC project.
Role in BIO-MIMETIC: DNL will be involved in the development, characterization and small-scale production of enzymes.
ACS CULGI

CULGI – Culgi B.V (Netherlands)

CULGI (NL) is a fast growing computational chemistry SME, founded by Prof. J. G. E. M. Fraaije, director of the Soft Matter Chemistry group at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry, with offices in the Netherlands, China and USA. Culgi is dedicated to providing the industry with revolutionary modeling tools for the rational design of soft matter formulations. CULGI is developer of a number of expert software simulation tools. The CULGI simulation software library is designed for a range of users from the laboratory chemist to the experienced numerical modeller. Thus, we offer multiple user-friendly interfaces for working with the library. The CULGI Graphical Programming Environment (GPE) provides an easy to learn entry point in which a user can quickly develop sophisticated simulation scripts via a graphical, menu based interface. For users who prefer the flexibility of writing and maintaining their own code, we also provide the option of accessing the library through scripting languages. Besides the software library CULGI provides consultancy services and training to the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.
Role in BIO-MIMETIC: CULGI will be involved in developing a package for chemical modelling of the process blue print from biomass to bio based polymers. In particular in the modeling domain, CULGI will work on: a) the development of statistical and quantum/thermodynamics parameterization protocols. b) the usage of modeling through collaboration between application scientist from its side and IFAM: this involves, for example, writing scripts and easy to use dedicated interfaces for demos, so that they can be integrated into the blueprint. CULGI will also develop IT-based rational design procedures.
CIMV

CIMV – Compagnie Industrielle de la Matière Végétale (France)

CIMV, a French SME created in 1998, has been working for over 10 years to develop a lignocellulosic biorefinery process able to separate the three components of biomass (lignin, cellulose, hemicellulose) in an environmentally friendly way. The raw material used in the CIMV process is non-food origin and comes from agricultural byproducts (cereal straw, bagasse from sugarcane,etc.) or forestry waste. CIMV’s products can substitute commodities of fossil origin used in the composition of everyday consumer products. They are innovative alternatives for classical chemistry.
Role in BIO-MIMETIC: The CIMV contribution will be to supply the BIO-MIMETIC consortium with biomass using its process. By using different feedstock and by adapting its process, CIMV will produce biomass with different chemical structures and different molecular weights, according to the needs of the project partners. This product is a building block for them for the elaboration of new bio-based products.
Ciaotech-PNO

CTECH – Ciaotech srl (Italy)

CiaoTech S.r.l. (CTECH) is a private company, part of the PNO Group, specialised in Grants and Innovation Management, providing support services to private and public organizations in Innovation processes, Technology Transfer, IT solutions and funding for research, development and innovation.PNO is a European group, made up of a pool of around 250 professionals, including engineers, consultants, financial and legal experts, with consolidated experience in international working environments.PNO created in 1985, is currently a high-growth knowledge intensive company, operating in 12 European countries. The growth is explained by a unique combination of services, based on profound insight in research, innovation and funding strategies, up-to-date knowledge and over 25 years of hands-on expertise with more than 500 funding programmes in most EU countries, the proven capability to link innovation suppliers and adopters from a unique European wide clients network in multiple sectors, using advanced methodologies, ICT solutions and proprietary on-line networking, community building, management and dissemination tools.
Role in BIO-MIMETIC: CTECH/PNO will be responsible for dissemination & exploitation. CTECH / PNO will carry out market and stakeholder analyses, collaborate with all partners for the development of an exploitation and dissemination plan, and leverage on its network to disseminate the BIO-MIMETIC project results.
Manchester University

UNIMAN: University of Manchester (United Kingdom)

The University of Manchester is one of the top UK universities, with over 11,000 staff and 55,000 student applications each year. The University boasts no fewer than 25 Nobel Prize winners amongst its current and former staff and students. In 2010, a Nobel Prize has been awarded in Physics to two Manchester Professors.The work on the BIO-MIMETIC project carried out by UNIMAN is based in the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science. The School was rated the second top school for research in the UK in the last Government Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The School houses the Sustainable Industrial Systems research group (www.sustainable-systems.org.uk), led by Professor Adisa Azapagic, a world leading expert in LCA and sustainability assessments. Professor Azapagic is leading the UNIMAN work within BIOMIMETIC. Her group also developed the award-wining CCaLC tool that will be used in the BIO-MIMETIC project.
Role in BIO-MIMETIC: UNIMAN carry out life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC) studies and build them into the CCaLC tool. The studies will also be suitable for use by SMEs in the emerging bio-technology sector.